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the pentagon is reaching out to >> welcome back on this wednesday morning. a nice looking shot of the u.s. capitol this morning. 36 degrees. things are looking a little better in the future. but dr. jacqui about what we are in store for today. a little clouds in the morning and then getting better. -- let's talk to jacqui. >> we saw just this much sunshine and yesterday afternoon. more like this today. 36 degrees is our temperature now with calm wind. that means we don't have a wind chill factor to deal with, so that's good news. the cloudiness keeping temperatures on the upside. 32 degrees in frederick this morning, 34 in inwood. 32 degrees in madison. let's look at your report cast for today. partly sunny and cold, 36 degrees at 9:00. partly cloudy and 41 at noon. partly cloudy skies and 43 degrees at 5:00, typical for early february. we have a postal system potentially by the end of the week. more details on that in a few minutes. let's check on traffic. how about today? >> it was busy overnight, but all lanes have been reopened in dumfries. southbound 95, two medivac helicopters aft
employees at the pentagon will go on furlough starting one week from today. that and a whole lot more to get into this morning on the "full-court press," which we will do. take your calls at 866-55-press. first, we get the latest today's current news update from lisa ferguson joining us from los angeles. hi, lisa. good morning. >> hey, bill. good morning, everyone. president obama inand vice president biden are attending the democratic governor's association this morning andbam obama willing talking about a variety of national issues about economic and trade issues between the two countries. later, vice president biden will join the two for lunch. biden is also continuing his big push for gun legislation. yesterday from connecticut, he told the nation things have change the 234d gun violence debate. it used to be politicians would not want to vote for it. now, they won't want to vote against them. >> that's a big change from the norm. al large group of democrats are getting ready to make gun legislation a big part of their 2014 platform. steve israel s
for the defense department may be cursing the news out of the pentagon. they will be forced to take one day off each week of massing spending cuts take place on march 1. >> i will pay the mortgage and utilities, and then you live on what is left. >> the furloughs would begin in mid-april and last more than five months. the pentagon would need to find billions more in savings if no deal is reached. >> this is felt in big and small towns alike, and it won't be just limited to communities with active duty basis. >> it is not just those working for the military who would be affected. unemployed would seek 10% of unemployment benefits evaporate. president obama talked about the sequester's impact in an interview with our sister station. >> we do not need these automatic,-spending cuts that could hurt our economy and military readiness. >> house speaker john boehner asked of the president, what is he doing to stop the sequester that would hollow out our armed forces? as politicians squabble over who should give what in negotiations, defense secretary leon panetta is overseas talking with nato about h
the pentagon. what is at stake if congress does not avoid billion dollar budget cuts. >> we are seeing lake effect snow showers downwind of the great lakes. cold weather and an active weather is here to stay. live look outdoors with clouds in place. >> grim warnings from the pentagon this afternoon. massive furloughs are pending for civilian employees if lawmakers don't avoid the sequester. with just nine days left, the president is continuing his own plea for negotiations. >> the fight over $1.20 trillion over across the board spending cuts is raging on even with lawmakers out of town. today it is the pentagon's turn to warn congress did more than 700,000 civilian employees would take one day off a week without pay. yesterday president obama blamed republicans for holding up a deal. he was surrounded at the white house by emergency responders that the president said could lose their jobs. >> these cuts are not smart, not fair, they will hurt our economy. >> the president wants to replace the cuts with revenue. house speaker john boehner say the revenue debate is closed. >> republicans are
the numbers the pentagon told us about to tout how well they were doing are wrong. plus nks a hot air balloon explodes? mid-air. tourists killed by more than a dozen. >> i hear a loud explosion and see a lot of smoke. >> shepard: witnesses say the blast shook the ground and some passengers jumped seven stories trying to escape the burning balloon. tonight, searching for answers as the blame game begins. plus,. [bell] >> shepard: 20 years ago today. [sirens] >> shepard: terrorists tried to bring down the world trade center. >> it was just so infamiliar tommable. >> a new warning about americans joining forces with al qaeda. and why didn't we think of this sooner? dennis rodman brings basketball diplomacy to north korea. >> hoping be okay and hoping the kids will have a good time. >> did he pack his wedding dress? >> first from fox this tuesday night. getting a look at the moment the hot air balloon exploded in the sky and plummeted a thousand feet to the ground, 19 tourists killed. they were soaring over the ancient egyptian city at sunrise when the balloon caught fire blew up and came crashin
. just nine days until $85 billion in federal spending cuts could go into effect. the pentagon said if that happens, the have the majority of the 800,000 civilian workers would have to be furloughed. >> this is one of the most distasteful tasks i will face. >> reporter: they will lose one day of work each week for 22 weeks, a also of 20% of their pay. military personnel would be exempted. pentagon officials warn even though the civilian workforce will take the direct hit -- >> the associated furloughs will impact our war fighters, our veterans and family mem tbhers untold ways. >> reporter: lawmakers voted to delay it by two months as part of that last-minute deal at new year's but that set up another deadline. if congress doesn't act by march 1st, $85 billion in spending cuts did into effect all at once. it would also mean tsa agents are furloughed, so expect longer lines at airport security. 1,000 law enforcement agents forced off the job. 70,000 preschoolers dropped from their head start program. 80% of the pentagon civilian workforce is based outside of the washington area. virg
'll talk about that and the return of your sunshine. don't go away. >>> right now, the pentagon has grounded its entire pleat of brand new f-35 fighter jets because of a cracked engine blade. the crack eed blade was found during a routine inspection. pentagon officials ordered all 64 jets from the air force, navy, and marine corps grounded until they figure out the cause of the problem. a spokesman for the company that makes the jets says none of the other f-35s have cracks. >>> if you have a plane to catch in the next few week, the sequestration showdown could have an impact on you. we're looking live at capitol hill where lawmakers will return monday. if nothing gets done, transportation officials say furloughs would be likely for tsa agents and air traffic controllers. the national zoo might have to make tough decisions as well if a budget deal isn't reached. it's facing major cuts as part of the sequester, but how much is still up in the air. megan mcgrath has more. >> reporter: it's not typically what comes to mind when you think about federal agencies, but as part of the smith
the stores in one particular indication. the first robbery we know happened here at pentagon city mall, very busy as we all know. the second in downtown frederick in the middle of the day. now police in both jurisdictions working together to solve these crimes. take a look at some surveillance video of the attack ha happened tuesday -- attack that happened tuesday. at 1:30 at colonial jewelers in downtown frederick. the men force the employees down, spray one with pepper spray, smash into the jewelry case and take off with rolex watches. at pentagon city four men ran inside a store, forcing two employees out of the shop. they smashed the glass case 20 times with a hammer and take off with 27 rings worth $128,000. >> very bold behavior. it's a crowded mall, 11:00 a.m. broad daylight, a very bold behavior. this is something we haven't seen in arlington for a while. >> reporter: the suspects both we're told used hammers during their attack. so that's one common theme that we're seeing here and they both had getaway cars. one leaving downtown frederick. one leaving and smashing through the arm g
numbers on our website, wbaltv.com. >> a major announcement from the pentagon. secretary leon panetta warned congress that hundreds of thousands of civilian workers could be furloughed and soon. >> if a series of automatic spending cuts hit next week. nikole killion has details. >> if these furloughs going to affect it would mean forced time off and less pay. at the pentagon a sobering announcement. >> we feel we do not have any choice but to impose furloughs. we would much prefer not to do it. >> officials laid out their plans to furlough 800,000 workers if automatic spending cuts known as sequestration go into effect march 1. >> the furloughs are enacted civilians were -- will experience a 20% decrease in their pay between late april and september. as a result, many families will be forced to make difficult decisions. >> in a letter to john boehner, leon panetta warned their deductions would put us on a pass to a hollow force. and john kerry said the fiscal impact threatens america's credibility. >> there is nothing in this current budget fight that requires us to make bad decisions
this morning, warnings to pentagon workers about pay cuts and potential layoffs if congress fails to act on a looming budget deadline. the impact of this one could be pretty far reaching. >>> a new reason to study your credit card statements carefully. the sneaky hidden fees that could be costing you and how to avoid falling victim to them in the first place. >> that's a good way to get angry. look at your cell phone bill, your credit card bill, all those little things they tack on, you've got to call them out sometimes. >> if you call them and say what's this? sometimes they'll say, oops. >> oh, i'm sorry. how did that get on there? let me take that off. >> you've been paying $3 for four years? but we're not going to give your money back. >> we'll take care of it next month. so important advice coming up in that piece. >>> and later this half hour, he's among the most eligible bachelors on the planet. now it looks like prince harry has a new squeeze. hopefully not that snake. find out who she is coming up in "the skinny." he gets around though, man. plins harry doesn't say -- >> i've sa
the pentagon is taking regarding the looming sequestration. more than 700,000 employees could be forced to take one day off a week without pay. that's equivalent to a 20% pay cut. the furlough notices would likely be sent out late next month. the furloughs would actually begin in late april. government workers may be forced to take furloughs, but thousands of nongovernment workers in our area will also feel the impact of sequestration. private businesses are being warned to peep prepare for the effect billions of dollars will have on their bottom lines. it could be a serious thing, as serious as the fiscal cliff which we narrowly avoided going over at the start of the year. >> now is not the time to panic but it's growing in concern. it seems to be clear that congress is making no move to solve the sequestration issue. >> congress and the white house have until next friday to get a deal done. of course, stay with news 4 for continuing coverage of the sequestration showdown as that march 1st deadline approaches. we will be here for you even when you can't watch. get the latest information at nbc
. and that is the good news but it could have really gone terribly wrong. the first robbery happened here at pentagon city mall, very busy as we all know. the second, the very busy downtown frederick. now police in both jurisdictions are working together to try to solve these crimes and quickly. take a look at surveillance video of tuesday's robbery, 1:30 in the afternoon at colonial jewelers in downtown frederick. three men run into the store, force employees down to the floor at gunpoint. spray others with pepper spray and then smash into the jewelry case. over at zales in pentagon city monday, four men run two employees out of the shop, smash the glass case, and take off with $127,000 worth of rings. >> very bold behavior. a crowded mall, 11:00 a.m. broad daylight, very bold behavior. this is something we haven't seen in arlington for a while. >> reporter: very bold behavior. they haven't seen it in a while so they'll work very hard to try to get to the bottom of this before it happens again. you can imagine that other jewelry store owners and employees are on edge after seeing this incredible vid
cross. the fire is still under investigation. >>> a change by the pentagon regarding benefits for same-sex couples who serve in the mitt tri. >> also head, boy scouts of america set to make a decision that could reverse a long- standing and sometimes controversial policy on members who are gay.   this is dylan right here, this is dylan, and this is his big brother hayden. dylan's only five, but he's already been through two surgeries for brain tumors. and he just went through his second round of chemo. and this is their mother, dawn, who runs this loving and happy home. she too struggled with tumors. but that doesn't slow her down. her love of family comes first. their dad, phil, works two jobs, repairing copiers, and on weekends delivering newspapers. but the bills keep piling up, and the heating bill gets pushed off. when you learn about their difficulties, it just breaks your heart. when we asked the biggest oil companies to help families in need, only citgo, the people of venezuela, and president hugo chavez responded. thanks to them, citizens
to kill americans. >>> and a drastic call by the pentagon this morning ahead of what could be huge budget cuts next month. the navy will reduce the number of aircraft carriers in the strategic persian gulf from two to one. that decision comes just one day before the "uss harry truman" was supposed to leave norfolk for the gulf. two carrier groups have been stationed in the region for the majority of the past two years because of rising tensions with iran. >>> this morning, president obama will speak at the national prayer breakfast at the washington hilton in northwest d.c. the president will meet with religious and community leaders from across the nation taking part in the 61st annual prayer breakfast. that national prayer breakfast has been held every year since 1953. after that, the president will head to leesburg, virginia. he will lay out his second-term agenda at the house democratic issues conference that's going on at the lansdowne resort. vice president biden spoke it the group yesterday. he said the world has changed since 1994 when congress passed an assault weapons ban. many
saying their budgets are going to be cut. then the pentagon came out the next day and said we're going to have to lay off 800,000 civilian workers or furlough them one day a week. yesterday you had lahood, the transportation secretary come to the white house briefing room and say we're going to have delays in air traffic, shut down air traffic control. this tactic is because the white house recognizes they're trying to sway public opinion and put pressure from the outside on republicans. it's interesting. a poll came out just this week that said the vast majority of americans don't know a lot about these cuts that are coming down. the white house is trying to change that. the white house is still working, hoping for a deal. but i get a sense that most of washington and probably even at the white house they recognize we could go past the sequester at least for a few weeks, and there's going to be another chance late in march where the continuing spending resolution comes up or expires and they're going to have to negotiate deal on that. and it all could just be wrapped up into one. >> d
on it . we'll do everything but workog it i can tell you, i work in the pentagon and spent last five wikes there . i am a colonel and working in the pentagon. it is it the only thing they are thinking about right now and spending a tremendous amount of man and woman hours to try to find a way to implement those cut fist they move forward which it looks like they are going tompt >> the pentagon is sounding the alarm for many months. pan neta said the cuts are devastating . you are on the front line. how much impact will it have domestically and our defense? >> not only affect our defense, i think it will leave us vulnerable but also personalitily it is going to affect the folks that provide the services and all the way down to the smallest contractor that provides services through the supply chain all the way up. so it is going to be dramatic and devastate i agree with the secretary. we should have worked on this from day one. i am flagger -- flabbergasted. harry reid could bring them back tomorrow. our country's military and service is so much more important than vacation. come on back and
washington dysfunction getting in the way. >> by the end of this week the pentagon must submit its plan to the white house for how it's going to deal with automatic spending cuts if it kicks in on march 1. the february deadline will mark the beginning of a series of high level meetings with lawmakers. it's going to be a very frantic, very busy february as all sides get together and try to figure out this mess. >> the year is moving fast but not october just yet. >> that's right. >> speaking of moving fast, you're back in 30 minutes. what do you have for us? >> surprising findings about women and money. what the number one profession for women is in this day and age. >> thanks, jess. >> you got it. >>> we'll get reaction to the super bowl victory from ravens coach john harbaugh and some players coming up in sports. >> plus, what electrical crews know so far about the cause of the big power outage at the super bowl last night. >> some people on facebook blame it on pepco and in other blame it on pepco and in other news, the mm i went potty! th'sreat, honey.... wher for life's bleachable
on driving through northern virginia, listen up. several roads closed near the pentagon city mall in arlington. crews shut down joyce street between south 15th street and army navy drive, and also shut down army navy drive between south joyce street and south 25th street. racers are encouraged to take the pentagon city metro. >>> next, strong words about national security from former vice president dick cheney. >>> plus, a 14-year-old charged as an adult with murder. this morning neighborhoods are reacting to what happened behind closed doors. >>> and politics for the ehrlich family. >>> join the morning conversation [ mom ] dear chex cereal, i just had to write. you can't imagine how long i've been searching for something like this for my family. i'm amazed you make so many great flavors that are gluten free. my guys are crazy for chocolate chex and honey nut chex. for me, it's cinnamon. it means a lot to be able to give them something that's good for them, that also puts smiles on their faces. 'cause i really love those smiles. we're the harris family. and we love chex. [ male a
is denying the allegations. >>> today the pentagon will give us a sense much just how crippling the sequestration might be. will tell congress of the plan to furlough as many as 700,000 civilian empyees. they would be forced to take one day off per week without pay starting in april. that's if congress and the white house failed to -- avoiding billions of dollars in spending cuts taking effect on march 1st. they have until then to reach a deal. stay with news 4 for complete coverage of every twist and turn in the sequestration showdown. we're posting updates at nbcwashington.com to stay up to speed even when you can't watch on air. >>> the suggestion joe biden made during a town hall on gun control that could leave people off guard. plus, what is taking place right now at the scene of a gas station that leveled the popular restaurant. >>> this morning, tiger is talking. what he says about the president's golf game. >>> a big chill in the air this morn >>> weather and traffic on the 1s. good morning. at 6:11. we've got a cold wind blowing in out of the north and west. temperature
. >>> the pentagon grounded its entire fleet of f 35 war planes after finding a crack on a turbine plane. 51 planes are grounded while they test. the f 35 is the pentagon's most expensive weapons program estimated at nearly $400 billion. >>> coming up on the news edge, more scandal for the dc government. what former rising star in the districts could be heading to prison. and a metro bus driver attacked with pepper spray.  >>> just in case you didn't know, sunday is hollywood's biggest night, and what the stars are wearing to the oscars is almost as important as the awards being handed out. here's a fashion preview. >> reporter: hollywood's hottest stars are hours away from walking the world's most important red carpet. >> go towards the new and the different, but you've got to be careful that you don't go over that linen fashionville. >> reporter: some of the ladies have been thinking about what to wear for weeks. others even longer. >> most little girls dream about their wedding dresses, but i always dreamed about my oscar dress. this year i'm kind of going with th
. this is reality. >> if the automatic cuts go into effect he says expect action from the pentagon including furloughing as many as 800,000 civilian workers for up to 22 days. cutting back on army training and maintenance, shrinking naval operations and reducing air force flying hours and weapons and its. today a group of house republicans proposed cutting the federal work force by 10%. >> our defense should not be used as a bargaining chip because of other policy aspirations of people want to accomplish. >> house speaker john boehner called sequestration a bad idea. he says it was forced upon republicans by president obama. >> it is taking a meat ax to our government and many programs in national defense. >> experts warn the impact would be especially felt in the washington area. >> i am very concerned about it. >> this car salesman says he is optimistic. >> so far we have not seen much of a decline. we don't really see a decrease in sales, but possibly in the near future, yes. >> house speaker john boehner alleges it was because president obama wanted to avoid making tough cuts during a pr
escalators at the pentagon station will be shut down as they get replaced. riders will still be able to get in and out of the station using the elevator and the northside at a later. -- escalate short. plans -- escaltorlator. "washington post" may be looking to sell off its downtown digs. >> twitter is the star of the super bowl. linda bell joins us now live from bloomberg headquarters in new york. >> good to see you. let's talk about stocks. they have been on a tear lately. on friday the dow hit orton thousands of the first time since two 2007. a little below its all-time record high. you talked about the super bowl. companies scramble to make light of the unexpected blackout by creating #poweroutage. oreo posted a picture of the oreo -- you can still dunk in the dark. it was retreated almost 14,000 times during the game. twitter, the site was under a cyber attack recently. the hackers may have obtained access to and from nation for about hundred 50,000 users. -- 250,000. the washington post may sell its downtown headquarters as newspaper owners stronger with circulation and ad spending.
. >> it is the biggest story for the pentagon and industry here in the washington area. he is going to talk mostly about domestic issues. immigration, gun rights, and focus on those types of things as opposed to the more international security. >> what is the challenge for him in trying to get these two parties to coalesce what we continue to criticize congress for being inactive. how would he do that? but he has to appeal to things he knows republicans will do. he probably cannot get a grand bargain on spending. something's on immigration including the process for people who are here illegally to begin to become american assistance. -- american citizens. >> are we going to hear from him -- is he going to say the people have spoken? we have heard that from him before. you think he really plays ball? >> i think he will play ball initially. one early signal is that he is going to have a pretty aggressive speech, all things considered. he is going to say we have some big problems and here is what we want to do about that. he is going to reach across the aisle but there is going to be a sharp edge. >> we wi
't heard from the pentagon on the latest development. but the u.s. did confirm in 2011 this one of its unmanned drones went missing. >>> those drones will likely be one of the most heated talked points during john brennan's confirmation hearing. he's president obama's pick to head the cia. he'll face tough questions from democrats and republicans. nbc's tracie potts is live on capitol hill with a preview. good morning. >> reporter: good morning. in a written response to those lawmakers he faces later today, brennan says that those drone strikes are rare but are legal. he is defending them and will talk more about that today. he'll be asked more about that today as the top counterterror adviser for the president. the white house also releasing what had been a classified memo to lawmakers on these intelligence committees with the legal justification for why the u.s. thinks or, as the white house put, it we're doing this for the right reasons in the right way. but the ucla, privacy groups, lawmakers, even some states disagree. 11 states are trying to restrict how drones are used in their
men caught on camera monday smashing a display case inside the zales jewelry store in pentagon city stealing 27 diamond rings. >> i had seen that and when i looked up at my desk and i saw the guy heading toward me, that was the first thing i thought. they're here, same ones. >> reporter: frederick police say they're looking into that possibility. >> we're in communication with arlington pd. we're reviewing their information and showing them our information and seeing if they link up and if they do, we'll work it cooperatively. >> reporter: in both cases it appears the bandits used a hammer to break open the display cases. in today's caper the hammer was dropped and left behind, their victims left to deal with the effects of being pepper sprayed, but they're all okay physically. >> after today's heist police say the hooded men got away in derek colored suv or truck. it was a red -- a dark colored suv or truck. it was a red sedan that was seen leaving the scene in pentagon city. >>> police believe this woman robbed two banks in a matter of minutes yesterday in northwest d.c. one rob
budget, pentagon leaders are worried about the impact in the military. if congress cannot get a big deal, -- >> then they should pass a smaller package of spending cuts and tax reforms. >> get us through the fiscal year and give congress time to work on a budget. >> we should give them a chance to come up with this budget instead of making indiscriminate cuts now that will cost us jobs and significantly slowed down our recovery. >> both sides agree something has to be done, but how? republican leaders are digging in their heels against more tax revenue. john boehner believes there is a better way to reduce the deficit but americans do not support sacrificing real spending caps for more tax hikes. the president signaled yesterday he might be open to changes in medicare and social security. >> coming up, a powerful earthquake triggers a five-foot tsunami in the south pacific. the latest estimates on the damage. you could soon go all we can without mail service. why the post office is cons >> at least five people are dead in the solomon islands following a tsunami in the south pacific. this
. >> if a deal is not reached between congress and the white house, the pentagon faces $46 billion in budget cuts over seven months beginning in march. the defense department would also face additional cuts next year and beyond. >> president obama this morning will travel to decatur, georgia tech visit pre-k students and then speak at a recreation center. is afternoon he returns to the white house to take part in a fireside hang out on google+ to discuss a state of the union address and to interact. it starts at 4:50 p.m. and will be streamed live on the white house web site for along with his youtube and google+ pages. >> the postal service puts congress in an interesting predicament with its decision to end saturday delivery. >> can possible merger between u.s. airways and american. linda bell joining us from bloomberg headquarters in new york. anne valentine data you. >> happy valentine's day. looks like it's finally nearing an end. directors have voted on the merger approved $11 billion deal yesterday. this sets the stage for an announcement later today. the combined airline will fly under th
kabul. for more we turn to pentagon correspondent jim miklaciewski. >> this order today shocked u.s. defense and military officials. they were taken totally by surprise. military officials also have strongly denied u.s. commandos condone or in any way took part in kidnapping, torture, or murders of afghan civilians or suspects. president karzai has occasionally in the past taken the u.s. military to task and, in part, to show the afghan people that he is in charge, but this province is a taliban stronghold, one of the hottest combat areas in afghanistan, so if karzai is playing politics here, it's an extremely dangerous game. now, president obama has already announced that 34,000 american troops, half the total american -- from afghanistan by the end of this year, but if u.s. forces are prevent from executing their mission, you may start to hear calls from washington to bring home all american forces sooner than planned. lester. >> thank you. >>> up next here tonight, the pope and his last sunday appearance. but we can still help you see your big picture. with the fidelity guided
% cut in the pentagon's budget. more than 3.8 million americans have been jobless for six months or longer would see their unemployment benefits reduced more than 9%. stay with us for complete coverage of a legislative showdown over sequestration. cranston updates, go to wjla.com and check our facebook and twitter. >> sunny and mild conditions are about to change. parts of our region faced a threat of flooding. we have a first look at what we can expect. >> after a beautiful day it is hard to believe that you could be facing rain. partly cloudy and 44. two areas of precipitation. the one in the east coast, that one will have an effect tomorrow with rain. it looks like that is all it will be. this could be too much of a good thing with a flood watch posted. meanwhile west of washington, a number of winter headlines in effect. advisory's above 1,000 feet. winter storm warnings across western maryland and ice storm warnings across portions of west virginia. this is dependent on elevation location. east of the blue ridge some high in thin clouds. clouds are increasing tonight. as we
are supposed to leave afghanistan after next year but the pentagon is now pushing a three high pressure year plan to keep about 8,000 troops there after the nato mission ends. the "washington post" reports that the plan would reduce the number of americans over the following two years. the phased reduction approach would redefine the u.s. end game in afghanistan. >>> leon panetta is authorizing more benefits to same-sex partners but the pentagon is not he can tending some housing benefits saying the complex issue requires more review and it has triggered concerns among military leaders. the defendants department memo does give same-sex military partners other benefits like identification cards to get into commissaries and other services. housing payments and health benefits cannot be included because of federal law. >>> an army veteran who survived a taliban attack has been awarded the medal of honor. president obama commended former staff sergeant clinton romsha saying he helped defend the indefensible. he was with a group of 53 troops far outnumbered by more than 300 taliban fighters charg
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at zales in pentagon city yesterday. >> but tonight we have brand- new video of a robbery this afternoon at a jewelry store in frederick. our ken molestina is there and the video is just amazing. you really feel for the woman inside at the time. >> reporter: absolutely, leslie. the images you're about to see tell it all. this was absolutely bold. it was daring. these women who were inside at least some of them, police say were hit with pepper spray. folks, once again it was all caught on the crook cam. let's show you what we're talking about. take a look here. you can see three men enter the colonial jewelry store on south market street after 1:00 today. one of the men appears to have a gun and he orders the women inside on to the floor. a second man then with the pepper spray can is seen firing off some of the chemical. the thieves break the glass cases and make off with handfuls of jewelry. the whole thing was over in minutes. thankfully no one was seriously hurt here. let's go on to yesterday. a similar scene at the zales jewelry store inside pentagon's mall. police say they made off
marco joins us with the details. >> it happened at the fashion mall in pentagon city earlier today. you can clearly see four men wearing hoods walk into zales jewelry store. at least one suspect is armed with a hammer and begins smashing away at the glass. the others help peel it back and all four grab what they can. they made off with 27 diamond rings, estimated value $128,000. after grabbing the rings the suspects took off running for the nearest exit. it led to the top level of the parking garage where there was a get-away driver in a red sedan. they drove through a closed gate exiting onto 15th street. investigators are checking security cameras in the garage to see if they can get a better description on the car or tag numbers. >> it's pretty scary because you come to the city thinking there's security and there's security all over the mall. so that is pretty gutsy on their behalf. >> they did conceal their identities by wearing hoods and i don't know if it's masks, but they did conceal their faces. so maybe through clothes the public will be able to help us locating these individuals.
pentagon city mall, there arrested in broad daylight. kendis gibson joins us now with the damage left behind. >> these the business of a targeted this jewelry store here at pentagon city mall. look at the surveillance video. you can tell the new when they were doing. it was brazen and calculated. surveillance cameras catching the four men casually walking into the zles jewelry store armed in hoodies with hammers. >> somebody just ran up in zles and stole. >> the use the hammers to smash into the jewelry cases and quickly snatched dozens of rings. >> you've got to be brave. >> police officers arrived minutes after, but by then there were long gone. >> they chose that location because of the easy access to the exterior of the building where a car was waiting. >> they made off with nearly $130,000 worth of jewelry and the store remained closed for the rest of the day as they looked for clues. >> i was wondering what happened. i did not know if it was anything big. that's scary. >> for many it was scary and reason. not only was it during the daylight but with plenty of security cameras to
's faith-based groups to work together to try to stop the violence. >>> today the pentagon warned hundreds of thousands of civilian workers that they are likely to lose one day of week of work for the foreseeable future if the sequester takes effect, those furloughs would begin in april. jennifer johnson is on capitol hill with a story that affects a lot of people in our area. jennifer? >> that's right, jim. the clock is ticking the congress has just about -- just a bit over a week to come up with some kind of budget deal. if that does not happen, these cuts go into effect automatically, which will have a huge impact on the pentagon. the defense department will take the biggest hit if congress can't come up with a budget deal and the so-called sequester, $85 billion in across the board, automatic spending cuts goes into effect by law. >> i think we're going to have serious readiness effects. i don't know where we're going to get the money. these are legally binding requirements. >> panetta said the vast majority of the debt's 800,000 civilian workers will have to be furloughed one day a we
. >>> the pentagon is also sounding an alarm about sequestration. it's telling congress that hundreds of thousands of federal employees could face furloughs if no deal is reached. here is more from capitol hill. >> reporter: the fight over $1.2 trillion in across the board spending cuts set to begin march 11 is it is raging on. today it's the pentagon's turn to warn congress. more than 7,000 employees would take a pay cut. yesterday president obama blamed republicans for holding up a deal. the president said they could lose their jobs. >> these cuts are not smart, they are not fair, they will hurt our economy. >> reporter: president obama wants to reduce the cuts with new revenue. house speaker john boehner says the debate is closed. >> republicans are not comfortable with the cuts but they want to see spending cuts implemented. >> reporter: lawmakers on home at recess are feeling the pinch. >> the american people expect us to get serious about this and we're serious about deficit reduction. >> reporter: a new deficit reduction plan bier have got to get out of that plan. >> reporter: it calls for
because the state is heavily dependent on defense jobs. >> i have the pentagon in my state, 25,000 defense contractors, it is bad for virginia. it is bad for the united states of america. every three to six months we have a cries that's brings us to the edge of financial collapse. mutual finger pointing and can't get anywhere. >> mcdonnell says sequestration could mean 200 thousand how jobs lost in virginia. over the next decade. >>> military families in our region are feeling stressed about the unknown. some could see pay cuts. for others it could mean furloughs. then there are deployment plans that could change. >> it calls into question their belief the nation is behind them. >> whether it is what services will be available for you on the installation is the child care center, taking your kids, will that still be open? is the commissary still going to be open? >> lot of questions. national military family association says the most stressful part, will are potentially thousands that could be impacted and nobody has any answers. >>> with just three days to go we hope you will stay with ne
the way for him to become president barack obama's new pentagon chief despite opposition from some republicans. hagel is expected to have enough votes to get past the senate filibuster and be confirmed as the top pentagon official. he needs 60 votes to make that happen. >>> president obama is due to take part in google+ and the hangout where he will answer questions on his state of the union address. selected participants will ask questions about his address to congress and you can also and questions via the white house's youtube channel. the hangout will start at 4:50. >>> well, if you're a teacher some state lawmakers want to help you out. they want to give you a bigger tax break for school supplies you buy. the bill would allow teachers to write off as much as $500 for school supplies they purchase out of pocket. right now you get $250 from the federal government for those supplies. but the state doesn't have any such offer. similar bills failed in 2003 and 2004 and 2005 because they were deemed too expensive. >>> a former graduate student in pennsylvania is now suing her school
the allegationsment. >>> 4:33 now. this could be a tense day for pentagon employees. the defense department will tell congress about its plan to furlough civilian workers if the cuts take effect. more than 700,000 defensivelyian employees could be forced to take one day a week off without pay. that's the equivalent of a 20% pay cut. the notices would likely be sent out late next month. the furloughs would begin in late april. >>> it isn't just government workers feeling the effects of the billions of dollars in cuts. private businesses like catering companies will had also be hurt. conferences and meetings with agencies and firms could be can semd or scaled back. many of the business owners are taking a wait and see approach. >> it's unknown. this is something new to us. we've seen it all in washington. but this would be new to us. i really couldn't tell you the impact until it actually happens. >> congress and the white house have until next friday to get a deal done. stay with news 4 for continuing coverage of the sequestration showdown as the march 1st deadline approaches. when you can't watch, yo
of the pentagon, air traffic -- keep in mind that there are civilian employees of the pentagon. those are private sector jobs. 750,000 jobs and a 0.6% drag on gdp in a recovery is no small deal. wall street may not be terribly worried about debt, but regular americans who do not want to be unemployed would find a 0.6% track on gdp to be pretty significant. guest: it will have an effect on long-term unemployment insurance. there will be in effect for some people. host: our focus of the sunday morning are sequestration and the politics. our phone lines are open. dickensian -- send us an e-mail or join us on facebook or twitter. the present use sequestration as the topic of his weekly address. [video clip] thousands of teachers and educators will be laid off and parents will be scrambling to find child care for their kids. airport security will seek cutbacks, causing delays across the country. even president bush's director of the national institutes of health says these cuts will said that medical science for a generation. because have forced the navy to delay deployment of aircraft carriers to the
of pentagon cash. >> that region as everyone knows will be hard hit if the sequestration is allowed to take affect. >> and there is almost certainly some truth to that. defense contractors are bracing for cuts. but other claims about what is a relatively small cut may be more dubious. secretary of homeland security says the country would be less secure. >> i'm not here to scare people. i'm here to inform. and also to let people begin to plan. because they are going to see these impacts in their daily lives. >> what if things like long airport lines don't materialize. take weeks or months to kick in. and republicans claim the president is exaggerating. >> he's far more interested in holding campaign rallies than he is in urging senate democrats actually pass a plan. >> if you can't handle a 2.3% cut, how can we put this place back in order. >> and the is he questionster may also get lost while those cuts start hitting on friday march 1st, the continuing resolution that funds the government expires on march 27th. flip forward to may and against another debt ceiling making the sequester cuts l
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nations and people in the pentagon can count votes too. we've never had a defense secretary with this many opposing votes. now this is something he can shake off, but it's going to take some time. >> woodruff: that's right. i mean he has the fewest confirming volts of any defense secretary since the job was created. mark thompson, how does that affect his ability to do his job? >> well, it will depend. it will affect it in a big way if he acts as he did in his con for megs hearing which by all accounts he did not do well. conversely, i talked to people in the pentagon. the lower in ranks you go, the more they like this guy. the more they like the sense that an enlisted man is going to run the building. if you can use that as a springboard he's facing immense challenges from sequestration to afghanistan to a nuclear iran but it's an opportunity for him to seize the moment. if he does, people will forget this pretty quickly i think. >> woodruff: what about the sour relations or whatever lingering effect there is from this loud vote of no confidence from republicans in the senate? does that a
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